Trump's guilty verdict is just not the top of the matter

Trial against Donald Trump for hush money concluded with a guilty verdict on all 34 counts.

But that might be not the top of the matter. The former president had a symbiotic relationship with a legal system that he often denounces but repeatedly uses it to his advantage. This almost guarantees that the case will remain a part of his History of resentment, persecution and a manipulated system directed against him – and by extension against his followers.

With Trump facing three more charges, he and his supporters will little question proceed Impeachment against President Joe Biden through the use of the justice system as a weapon against him – while Trump uses it to avoid the day of reckoning.

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Two of Donald Trump's lawyers, Emil Bove and Susan Necheles, return to the courtroom after a break within the hush money trial against Donald Trump on May 21, 2024 in New York City.
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In a deeply polarized country, Trump’s narrative works. It stirs up anger and deepens the commitment amongst loyal followers. It generates money to pay his legal fees and boost his election campaign.

The evidence shows that his claims are false. Anyone who paid even somewhat attention to the trial saw a fancy but fairly routine, sometimes mind-numbingly boring process at work. This process has evolved over centuries and relies on the assumption that “it is better to let the crime of the guilty go unpunished than to condemn the innocent,” because the The Supreme Court put it over a century ago.

For six weeksThe prosecution and defense presented a mountain of documents, texts and recordings. They examined and questioned greater than 20 witnessesJudge Juan Merchan blocked biased witness testimony. At one point he took over the work of the defense, Object to a lewd query The prosecution questioned a crucial witness.

A process designed to make sure fairness was the media is consistently reporting onAnd as commentators often reminded usTrump would only be convicted if twelve jurors unanimously concluded that he was guilty beyond an inexpensive doubt.

Trump’s own actions exhibit confidence within the system he denounces. He routinely applies rules designed to ensure due process for his own profit.

The trial against Trump's election interference should begin March 4, 2024His lawyers have argued he’s immune from acts he committed as president and have used the appeals process to delay the case. Trial before election unlikely.

It is a victory that has been repeated within the Federal proceedings against the previous president for the misuse of secret documents and the Prosecution for election interference in GeorgiaTrump's lawyers have delayed each for months, likely ensuring that voters won’t know the consequence after they go to the polls in November to elect a president.

By specializing in the facts, the general public can avoid being distracted by baseless accusations that undermine institutions whose job it’s to make sure justice – to not weaponize it.

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